Niles man sentenced for rape of 5-year-old girl

Gilbert Skeins, Jr. was convicted of rape and gross sexual imposition charges earlier this month

Gilbert Skeins, Jr. was convicted of rape and gross sexual imposition charges earlier this month.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Niles man was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years, for the rape of a five-year-old girl.

Gilbert Skeins, Jr. was convicted of rape and gross sexual imposition charges earlier this month.

Skeins was arrested in April on the charges. He was accused of raping the girl, who was 5 at the time, in February of 2016.

Skeins was home alone at a Niles duplex with the girl and three other children while other adults in the house went shopping. The assault was reported to police by the girl’s father and grandmother.

Skeins appeared in Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday, where he was sentenced.

The victim’s mother was also in court, and she said the family has been harassed since the crime occurred. She said she is happy that the case is over.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to show that the crime happened in Niles, not Warren. WKBN regrets the error. 

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